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China seeks bigger say at nuclear security meeting

Chinese people in the US hold banners to welcome President Xi Jinping who is attending the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. Photo: Qiao Lei

China wants to have a greater say at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, as the second-largest economy aims to play a critical role in preventing nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia amid international concerns over North Korea's provocations.

President Xi Jinping has arrived in Washington to attend the high-level diplomatic forum starting on March 31. And he will be the only one of the world leaders gathering for the summit to privately meet US President Barack Obama.

The divergence between China and the US on the means to solve the North Korean nuclear issue will not thwart the two countries' long-time cooperation on nuclear security, which has made some notable progress. The US said that the North Korean nuclear issue will be discussed at the bilateral and multilateral talks during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, instead of making it a focus of an enlarged meeting, leaving a silver lining for the two countries to reach a certain consensus to deal with the thorny issue.

The prevention of nuclear proliferation and the security of nuclear materials are in the interest of China and the US. President Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the summit to elaborate on China's firm stance on nuclear security.

At the last Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague in 2014, President Xi systematically expounded China's view on nuclear security, which emphasized the equal importance of development, security, rights, duties, independence, coordination, temporary solution and permanent solution.

At the 2016 summit, press conferences held by the Chinese delegation are open to all the registered media. In the morning of March 31, Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, and the organization's secretary-general Liu Yongde will hold a news briefing at the media center to introduce the improvements China has made in nuclear security. In the afternoon of March 31, Li Wei, deputy head of the supervision department at the General Administration of Customs, will introduce the work of nuclear detection by Chinese customs and the China-US nuclear cooperation at a press conference.

On April 1, the Chinese delegation will hold three press conferences, at which Xu of the China Atomic Energy Authority, Deng Ge, director of the National Center of Nuclear Security Technology, Dong Zhihua, deputy head of the arms control department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chen Kai, secretary-general of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, and arms control expert Zhu Xuhui will address the media.

(The article is translated and edited by Ding Yi.)

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